Though Native American tribes have been making dolls for hundreds of years, storyteller dolls—like this Alma Toy Storyteller—were first made by Cochiti artist Helen Cordero in 1964. She started with female figures with children in their arms. These were called "Singing Mothers." Later, she began to make male figures with children clinging to their backs and laps, as males were the traditional storytellers in her tribe. Soon other artists began to emulate her open-mouthed storyteller dolls. Each artist's clay dolls reflect their personal style and tribal heritage. Now one of the most collectible forms of clay art, storyteller dolls are well represented in the collections of our National Museum of the American Indian.